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The Western Mediterranean is one of the most diverse cruise regions. Spanning two continents (Europe and Africa), the region includes the artistic meccas of Italy, France and Spain and Arabic culture in Morocco and Tunisia. The itinerary is ideal for art and history lovers who also wish to explore the region's landmarks, beaches, cafes and boutique shops. Don't miss highlights such as Barcelona's Las Ramblas, a day trip to Capri from Naples or Sorrento, or an excursion to the wine-making villages of the French countryside.
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Arts and culture, surf and sand, cafe hopping and boutique shopping: Read why Western Med has it all.
Extraordinary Excursions: Western Mediterranean Extraordinary Excursions: Western Mediterranean
Beyond paintings and sculptures, the Western Med has plenty of natural beauty. Here are top excursions outside the museum.
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Here are our picks for the Western Med's must-see sights for culture vultures.

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84% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Barcelona -> Toulon -> Florence (Livorno) -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Naples -> Cruising -> Mykonos -> Istanbul -> Kusadasi -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Venice -> Venice
81% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Dubrovnik -> Kotor -> Kefalonia -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Florence (Livorno) -> Monaco -> Toulon -> Barcelona -> Barcelona
81% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Katakolon (Olympia) -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Istanbul -> Istanbul -> Lesbos -> Kusadasi -> Santorini -> Argostoli -> Cruising -> Venice -> Venice
76% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Naples -> Catania -> Malta (Valletta) -> Tunis (La Goulette) -> Palermo -> Cruising -> Calvi -> Florence (Livorno) -> Monaco -> Sete -> Barcelona -> Barcelona
Barcelona
Since hosting the Summer Olympics in 1992, Barcelona has gained ...
Cannes
Poor Cannes, so underappreciated. Gertrude Stein once said of ...
Capri
Capri, a mountainous island just three miles off the coast of Italy's ...
Corsica (Ajaccio)
No doubt about it: Ajaccio is my kind of cruise port -- easily ...
Elba
Everyone who gets sent to exile should be as lucky as France's ...
Florence (Livorno)
On any Western Mediterranean itinerary, Florence is an absolute ...
Fuerteventura
The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's Canary ...
Genoa
Sometimes, cities are lucky enough to reinvent themselves. Genoa, ...
Gibraltar
Gibraltar may well be a British Crown Colony but geographically it's ...
Ibiza
Ibiza owns a reputation as a boisterous party town where hit the ...
Madeira (Funchal)
In the early 1400's, Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal sent his ...
Malta (Valletta)
Sailing into Malta is akin to stepping through the pages of a J.R.R. ...
Marseille
Marseille, the gateway to Provence, is the second largest city and ...
Monaco
Arriving by ship into the Monte Carlo harbor is an amazing ...
Naples
You know instantly when you're docked in Naples. First of all, where ...
Nice
Nice is the biggest city on France's glorious Cote D'Azur and the ...
Palermo
Palermo is a city of contrasts and most people either like it or hate ...
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, a major port city on the island of Mallorca and ...
Portofino
Portofino is so quintessentially Italian, so synonymous with the ...
Rome (Civitavecchia)
The capital city in the land of Leonardo, Michelangelo and the popes ...
Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez conjures up images of the good life, beautiful people, ...
Sardinia
With its rugged landscape of limestone and granite ranges and oak ...
Sete
If you had never been to the Mediterranean coast, and had to create ...
Seville (Cadiz)
Seville, capital of Andalucia, lies on the mighty Guadalquivir -- one ...
Sorrento
It's almost a pity that most cruise passengers use Sorrento as a mere ...
Taormina (Messina)
The French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville called Sicily "the land ...
Villefranche
Lovely, much more laid back than other -- splashier -- Cote d'Azur ...
03/15
My husband and I travelled 2 weeks ago on the Ventura & had a fab cruise itinery wise but oh dear what a difference from when we previously used this ship some 6yrs ago. The refurbished ship was a pleasant surprise but nearly everything else ... Read more
04/15
4* Mariner. Did annual TA on Nieuw Amsterdam. Ship was to have come out of dry dock. We embarked in Fort Lauderdale and quickly found out "dry dock" was to continue as we crossed the Atlantic. New carpet in dining areas laid, but ... Read more
We have taken cruises with NCL before, travelling twice on the Jade and once on the Star so we were looking forward to not only another cruise but a new ship. We had read good reviews about the Spirit on Cruise Critic as well. We boarded in ... Read more
Drill prior to sailing was poorly demonstrated. Everyone stood around at their muster station which was on deck. For those passengers who have never sailed before, there was much confusion as to how to put their life jackets on, etc. The ... Read more
My husband and I (early 30's) traveled with my mother and brother. This was our 3rd Celebrity cruise and 6th cruise overall. It was an excellent experience. We stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th Ave the night before. Good location, but not the ... Read more
Norwegian Jaded ohmamamiaca
03/15
I will never cruise like a Norwegian again! Once was enough. The food was mediocre at best even in the "specialty" restaurants. The staff was less than knowledgeable. The Expresso bar person didn't know what was on display in his food ... Read more
Venice to Genoa Robbo123
04/15
After a few years away from P&O we tried again, and were very disappointed by the seven days The flight to Venice was delayed by the French air-traffic controllers, so that resulted in a late arrival at the ship, with very little of a welcome ... Read more
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